Claremont Club & Spa is an oasis of peace and luxury in the heart of bustling Berkeley, California. Only twenty minutes away from downtown San Francisco by car or ferry, this regal hotel has dramatic views of San Francisco Bay, twenty-two acres of landscaped gardens, a world-class spa, and a club that is available for annual membership or daily use.

Claremont Club & Spa in California has a fascinating history. In the mid-19th century, a Kansas farmer struck it rich in the California Gold Rush. His wife wanted a castle, so he bought 11,000 acres and built one for her. In the course of the succeeding 160 years, the hotel has burned down, been tumbled in an earthquake, and was forfeited in a game of checkers. The Claremont as it is today is a serene haven of palatial accommodations with luxury at every turn.

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The Claremont Hotel Accommodations

The accommodations at The Claremont Hotel are outstanding, opulent, and beautifully decorated. Every room has a large flat-screen TV, cordless phones with voice mail, high-speed internet access, an alarm clock, bathrobes, a Keurig coffee maker, a hair dryer, iron, and ironing board, an in-room safe large enough to hold a laptop, bathroom amenities, a mini-fridge, and individually-controlled air-conditioning units.

All hotel guests are welcome at the Claremont Club and can make use of the hotel’s 24-hour business center. The Claremont Club offers the use of pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, childcare, and ten outdoor tennis courts.

The Fairmont Rooms offer your choice of a king, queen, or double bed, and they overlook the hillside. The Fairmont Bay View Rooms overlook the stunning San Francisco Bay and have one king bed or two queens. The Deluxe Rooms are more spacious and look over the hillside or the bay. The Signature Rooms overlook San Francisco Bay and have even more space than the previous classes of rooms. Their bathrooms are lovely and large, with a separate tub and shower and a double vanity.

The Claremont Hotel’s Junior Suites are decorated with a contemporary design and have hillside or bay views. Guests may choose a room with a king bed, a queen bed, or two doubles. The Signature Suites all look out over the bay. These attractive rooms have a separate parlour with spacious seating. The One-Bedroom Suites have a king or queen bed with a queen pull-out bed in the expansive parlour. Its bathroom has a shower and separate oversized soaking tub. Also available are One-Bedroom Bayview Suites.

For luxurious accommodations, the Tower Suite and the Presidential Suite await. The Tower Suite has a private outdoor deck overlooking San Francisco Bay. The Presidential Suite is decorated in bold colors and patterns, and with a vista of the bay, this suite also boasts a private office, a master bedroom with a private bathroom, a formal dining room, an open-concept living room, and a kitchen with a separate pantry.

Dining at The Claremont Hotel

The Claremont Club Hotel offers several dining options. Its pride and joy is the AAA 4-diamond award winning Meritage Restaurant, which serves fine American cuisine with a focus on local, organic produce. The Bayview Café is located outdoors near the swimming areas, and makes delicious casual fare such as salads, sandwiches, and burgers. The Antoinette Brasserie is open for dinner only and serves delicious French food.

The Claremont’s Lobby Bar specializes in craft cocktails and local artisan beers, and it has an extensive wine list that contains primarily California vintages. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the Lobby Bar is open for traditional English afternoon tea, where guests may enjoy tea or coffee with a splendid selection of tea sandwiches, profiteroles, and pastries.

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Luxury Spa

The Claremont Club’s spa is world-famous and rightly so. It has so many different offerings, and focuses on holistic health.

Every spa guest is invited to enjoy pre-spa treatment. This three-tier offering concentrates on hydrotherapy, beginning with a soak in the salt-water Jacuzzi. After getting out of the hot tub, guests are ushered into the Eucalyptus Steam Room, where the curative powers of eucalyptus clear the nasal and sinus passageways and relax stiff muscles and joints. Finally, guests take a multi-head shower, which cleanses the body, releases stress, and increases circulation. In between or after pre-spa treatments, guests are welcome to use the Relaxation Lounge and enjoy an array of complimentary teas, coffees, and juices.

Massages are a speciality of the Claremont Hotel’s spa, and many differing types are offered: the Therapeutic Massage uses long strokes and medium pressure to release tension; the Hot Stone Massage uses heated basalt rocks to relieve stiff, sore muscles; the pre-natal massage eases the aches and pains of pregnancy; and the Tibetan Sound Massage is punctuated by the ringing of Tibetan bells, which relax and center the customer. You can also get Sport Massages to address sports-related stiffness, pain, and injury; the Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage, which uses long rhythmic strokes; Deep Muscle Massages to relieve painful muscle aches; or relaxing Neck and Shoulder massages.

Two other massage-related options are available at The Claremont Spa: Shiatsu, which uses pressure points along the body to harmonize energy flow, and Reflexology, which helps heal the body using pressure points on the feet.

Many different body treatments are on offer at The Claremont Spa. The Lavender Essence comes with exfoliation and a lavender-oil massage that soothes the body and awakens the senses. The Ayurvedic Holistic treatment exfoliates the body with exotic herbs and provides a deep massage to stimulate the body’s vital energy flow and harmonize the body systems. The Brightening Body Scrub uses bamboo and fruit essences while it buffs your body to detoxify and brighten the skin. The Moor Mud Body Wrap encases the body in hot mud to purify and re-mineralize the skin, and combines that with a scalp massage, a facial massage, and an application of moisturizer. The Aroma Radiance Salt Glow starts with exfoliation using Himalayan Sea Salt and follows with a body wrap of olive oil and rosehip.

Mineral baths are available in private Jacuzzis. Guests may choose their desired minerals, and then they are left to soak away their aches, strains, and stress.

The Claremont Hotel Spa has several different facials. From exfoliation, chemical peels, and nourishing skin masks to reduction of inflammation and age-defying facial and eye-area lifts, the spa has something for every type of skin.

Also available at the Claremont Spa are acupuncture, hair styling and colouring, makeup application, manicures, and pedicures.

The Claremont Club

The Claremont Club offers annual membership and welcomes daily visitors and all guests of the hotel. The Club has three pools: a recreational pool, a lap pool, and a children’s activity pool. Swim lessons are available for both children and adults. Guests may soak in the outdoor whirlpool, play tennis in one of the ten outdoor courts, enjoy the fully stocked fitness center, or take an aerobics or yoga class.

Activities for Kids

The Claremont Hotel offers childcare at their Adventure Kids’ Club, which will entertain youngsters with a day of activity and learning. There are Friday night movies for children, a children’s swim team, and tons of holiday activities and crafts. Top 10 Things to Do in San Francisco & Oakland with Kids

Meetings & Weddings

Only twelve miles from downtown San Francisco, the Claremont Club is an ideal location for meetings and conferences. The Claremont has 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting rooms, a 24-hour business centre, high-tech audiovisual equipment, and meeting concierges to help your meetings run smoothly.

The wedding specialists at The Claremont have years of experience making the dreams of couples come true on their big day. The spa offers special treatments for bridal parties, and there are ballrooms and smaller venues for any size of wedding. The Claremont has partnerships in place with local florists, wedding cake designers, bands, djs, transportation, officiants, and invitations, and they are happy to help you make arrangements for a perfect wedding day.

Berkeley is a thriving university city with much to offer. Science lovers and families will enjoy the Chabot Observatory’s planetarium show and its much-praised science center. For history buffs, a tour of the Dunsmuir House Victorian mansion, a visit to the Western Aerospace Museum, or a trip the Oakland Museum are all great choices. Sports fans can play golf locally at the Tilden Park Golf Course, which has dramatic elevation changes or ice-skate year round at the Oakland Ice Park. AT&T Park is close to the Claremont so that guests can catch a San Francisco Giants’ game, and the Oakland Coliseum, also close by, hosts the Oakland A’s, the Oakland Raiders, and the Golden State Warriors. The University of California at Berkeley has an excellent botanical garden, and the Oakland Zoo makes for a great family outing.

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Rooms from $177 per night based on single or double occupancy.

Location: 41 Tunnel Road , Berkeley , California , United States , 800-551-7266, 510-843-3000